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story to tell. and, that's what we are all trying to perpetuate right now is their stories, not the name and not the story of the gunman. and that's what these families desperately want is let everybody walk away knowing who these 12 people were. >> absolutely. absolutely. friday as we sat here and the news broke and we launched the network coverage that morning. all we knew of the number. now you know the stories and lives. in their 20s. one 6-year-old girl one of the victims. heartbreaking all around. heroism emerged. we'll get into all of that during the course of the show today, but just a profoundly sad weekend around the country. you can feel it. as we look at the other major headlines, iowa investigators believe that two cousins missing since friday, the 13th, may be alive after all. the latest questions and clues for detectives. before we get to those stories, while our hearts are broken, our community is not. those words, shared last night by the mayor of aurora, colorado.
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>> part of a vigil for those who died and those left still struggling with disbelief after the shooting. abc's brandi hitt in aurora with the latest on the investigation. brandi, what is the latest right now? >> reporter: good morning, rob, paula. it was just highly emotional evening for the victims and their families here. there was a prayer vigil held last night. and president obama was also here to share a lot of hugs and also tears. ♪ >> reporter: heartbreak and sadness filled the aurora municipal center as thousands gathered to remember the 12 people killed in friday's movie theater massacre. >> one day, lord, we know that one day we will march into the theater and claim the theater back, father god. it doesn't belong to the terrorist, it belongs to the city of aurora. >> reporter: president obama spent two hours with the
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victims' families and tried to comfort the community. >> i confessed to them that words are always inadequate in these kinds of situations. >> reporter: during this time of mourning, abc news obtained video of the suspect. >> hello, i'm james. >> reporter: it was taken six years ago when holmes spoke at a science camp. sources tell abc news the automatic rifle holmes allegedly used jammed during the shooting spree, but he had extended clips for other weapons that held up to 40 rounds. holmes also recently applied for a membership at this private gun range but was turned away because the owner thought he was, quote, creepy. a police psychologist says when you put it altogether, including his booby-trapped apartment, he doesn't believe holmes had a break with reality. >> premeditated, yeah. >> reporter: he thought it through? >> thought it through. planned it. had weapons of choice. >> reporter: well, right now, holmes is being held in isolation. he is supposed to make his first court appearance tomorrow morning. rob, paula. >> brandi, speaking of the court appearance,
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he is expected to travel from jail to the courthouse in an underground tunnel so he won't be accessible to eyes, ears, video cameras. what do we expect to hear from that courthouse appearance? >> reporter: well, we just found out there is a slight possibility that holmes may not appear in court. his attorney could waive that and try to move forward. if he does appear in court, we're told he will not make a plea. this will be very quick. he will be read his rights and schedule a future court appear and the next two, three days. >> expected to be a brief hearing. certainly from the vigil last night, emotions are raw. you can feel it in the crowd. what stuck out to you last night from what you saw and heard? >> reporter: i think for everyone it was when they announced each of the victims' names allowed and then there was a round of applause. the crowd seemed to pull together at that moment. i have to tell you when they exited, there was a massive crowd outside the theater behind me. many of them holding gigantic signs that said, "we will heal." and also massive signs that thank
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the first responders and firefighters, police officers, who likely saved more lives when they arrived here late or early friday morning. >> we keep hearing it could have been so much worse than in actually was. is that currently a working crime scene behind you still at the theater, brandi? >> reporter: yeah, there is, paula. the crime scene tape is still up. investigators finished up their investigation inside the theater where the shooting took place today. tomorrow, the defense will have an opportunity to go in, take a look around. take notes for a future trial. and it is expected that the theater will be handed back over to the owners on wednesday. when it reopens for business, that is still unknown. >> thanks to abc's brandi hitt from aurora, colorado. brandi, we want to welcome you to the abc news team. don't think we have had a chance to officially welcome you, rob and i, to "world news now." welcome to the team. >> reporter: thank you. thank you so much. it is my pleasure. this is a wonderful opportunity. >> thank you, brandi.
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>> thank you. >> and our coverage, of course, from aurora, colorado, does not end here. we'll remember the 12 victims later in this half-hour. for the very latest developments we'll take you live to aurora again live coming up on "america this morning" and later on "good morning america" as well. we're following a developing story from south texas on this monday morning. at least 11 people have died after their truck veered off the highway and slammed into two large trees. another 12 were injured in the accident. it all happened last night in a rural area just about 70 miles outside of corpus christi. the driver was ejected. but apparently survived. border patrol agents were sent to the scene to see if the victims had entered the country. penn state can expect tough penalties for turning a blind eye to child sex abuse allegations. the ncaa will detail the punishment this morning, a day after the university carted away a statue of legendary head coach joe paterno. more from david kerley. >> reporter: behind a blue tarp of shame, the statue of paterno,
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who built powerhouse penn state, covered in plastic and hauled away as the university deals with the stain of scandal. >> we are letting the haters run the university. >> to a lot of people it symbolizes the wrong things. >> reporter: that's what the new university president said, that leaving the statue would be, quote, a recurring wound, an obstacle to healing, and a lightning rod of controversy. when joe paterno died, we watched as the statue became the gathering place to mourn. but that was before the revelations that paterno had been told years earlier his defensive coach jerry sandusky was sexually assaulting boys. though she voted to convict sandusky, one of the jurors said the statue should have stayed. >> why are we taking something down, we don't have all 100% all the facts. >> reporter: all this before penn state's football program is hit by what many are calling extraordinary corrective and punitive measures.
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our sister network, espn, has learned that penn state is expected to be banned from bowl games for more than one year, lose several scholarships, a strong message from the head of the ncaa. these penalties are remarkable. because the ncaa rules don't deal with what happened at penn state. the cover-up of a sex abuser's crimes. the head of the ncaa asked for authority so he could crack down on penn state. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> and the president, to me, almost -- even though we knew the statue was going to come down, the president did try to strike a balance. left the library, named after paterno. that they didn't touch. the statue came down. they tried to soothe the blow a little bit. >> the statue is going to be held in storage. they don't know what they're going to do with it. ncaa president says he has never seen anything as egregious, not expecting the death penalty would have banned the football program for a year. there is a lot of worries in the area.
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football is just a huge part of the economics. they say that if it is ncaa penalty, the penalty could mean more than $30 million to the region. significant economic impact. the football program generates so much money. >> they will make an example of penn state. we will see that later today. in another sports headline this morning, ernie els staged an amazing comeback in the starting round of the british open starting six shots behind and finishing seven under for the victory. he had lots of help from australian adam scott who blew a four-shot lead on his final four holes. ouch. >> unbelievable. >> els has been struggling falling out of the top 50 end of last year. nothing like a comeback. looking good. bradley wiggins has public the first british cyclist to win the tour de france. clinched the yellow jersey winning the final time trial.
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next up the olympics in london. he is a favorite to take home the gold. okay. one final sports highlight you probably won't see on espn -- well, you might, actually. top ten. an all-female foot race on the streets of belgrade. >> these racers were all brides to be, running for the grand prize, an all expenses paid wedding. not a bad deal. one requirement was they had to wear bridal gowns. which may have taken a second or two or more off of their times. >> one competitor joked since she didn't win, her wedding was probably off. call them the runaway brides. >> hopefully the get you to the altar. don't run away from that, ladies. caterer is already paid. coming up next after the break, life-saving advice from a trusted expert. >> how to survive the unthinkable. when push comes to shove. you're watching "world news now." >> huh ow to survive the unthinkable. when push comes to shove. you're watching "world news now."
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welcome back, everyone. the bizarre case of drew peterson returns to the spotlight later today in a chicago courtroom as jury selection is expected to begin. the former suburban chicago police officer, he is charged with drowning his third wife, her death had originally been ruled an accident until peterson's fourth wife, stacy disappeared. that's when investigators reopened the case. stacy's body has never been found. also this morning, a surprising development in the case of the missing cousins in iowa. investigators now think the girls were abducted but are still alive. here's abc's alex perez with more. >> reporter: nine days after elizabeth collins and lyric cook vanished, authorities make a stunning announcement. >> we believe these girls are alive. >> reporter: investigators would not elaborate why they believe the girls are alive but say they're hopeful.
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>> we are not discouraged by the passage of time since their disappearance. >> reporter: the case has been reclassified as an abduction, and authorities say they're pursuing persons of interest. after initially cooperating with police, the parents, misty and dan morissey say they're taking legal advice and will no longer allow police to interrogate them. >> law enforcement has not received total cooperation from all family and close friends. we feel there is someone out there that has pertinent information about the girls' whereabouts. >> reporter: the couple who are separated have both been convicted of felony drug charges and spent time behind bars. dan out on bond awaiting trial on a recent drug charge. prosecutors have asked he be put on pretrial court supervision. could something in their past have caused this? >> i can't rule that out, you know. i want every stone unturned. >> reporter: the girls disappeared after leaving for a bike ride friday, july 13th. the last person that reported
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seeing the girls was here, just across the street from the evansdale police department. he says he was watering his lawn when the girls rode by on their bicycles and waved hi. then came the discovery, about a mile from the girls' house. authorities found their bicycles here, on this trail, near meyers lake. fbi dive teams have searched the lake but no sign of the girls. the community here holding on to hope, praying they'll be found alive. alex perez, abc news, evansdale, iowa. they're now offering a $50,000 reward to anybody who can give them information leading to these girls being found alive. >> glimmer of hope there they could still be alive. great to hear. coming up next, we are returning to our top story, of course, the movie theater tragedy in aurora, colorado. >> and each of the 12 victims killed there leaves a legacy. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations.
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welcome back, everybody. we are learning a lot m welcome back, everybody. we are learning a lot more about the 12 people killed in the shooting in colorado. >> they were from all walks of life. many as you mentioned young, young people. the youngest just 6 years old. abc has more. >> reporter: there are so many faces, stories, lives lost because they went to see a movie. the oldest, 51-year-old gordon cowden, a real estate appraiser who took his kids. they escaped. the youngest victim, 6 years old. veronica moser-sullivan. her mother shot in the neck clings to life. her family broke the news it what happened to her daughter. >> such a wonderful little girl.
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you know. so sad that she had to have life taken away from her so early. >> reporter: there are stories of courage, people who lost lives by saving others. jon blunk threw his girlfriend on the floor to shield her. matt mcquinn dove on top of his girlfriend and took the bullet instead. >> matt did what a man is supposed to do. you protect the ones you love no matter the cost. grad school. a.j. boik out of high school with dreams of life as a art teacher. alex sullivan had big plans. he turned 27 on friday, posting on his facebook -- going to be the best birthday ever. micayla medek was there too. she worked as a sandwich maker. rebecca wingo, mother of two, spent 11 years in the air force, became fluent in mandarin and was a translator. jesse childress in the air force, a reservist. he died a hero, driving in front of a friend, female service member. >> just the kind of guy you want
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on your team. >> reporter: john larimer's team wouldn't leave him behind, dragging out his body after he leapt over a seat to save his girlfriend. there is one story that defies the odds. a story with a lesson for all of us. jessica ghawi, an aspiring sports journalist, ironically just a few weeks ago escaped another mass shooting in a toronto mall. so many of these victims were just starting out in life, most of them were only in their 20s out for a night of fun. now for their families, the next chapter is planning a funeral. cecilia vega, aurora, colorado. officials and people there in aurora, saying, let's not, let's try to minimize the suspect's name, make this about the victims, not give him publicity he was seeking. the 6-year-old girl who was killed, her mother, just 25 years old, is pregnant -- of shot in the abdomen.
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in addition to losing her little girl, she may lose her unborn child. we didn't hear the condition of the baby. heartbreak all around. also heroes who emerged as well. we'll be right back with more. we'll be right back with more. ♪
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so you can always put your best face forward. face every day with puffs softness. back to our top story, and the search for escape plans during the unthinkable. >> that's right. whether you're in a theater or mall, security experts say being aware of your surroundings and how to get out is key. abc's ron claiborne has some expert advice. >> i was down on the ground. i did not know what to do. >> on the way out -- >> reporter: these are the split second decisions movie-goers faced in aurora, colorado. we wanted to find out what you should do if you are caught in the line of fire of an active
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shooter. >> whether you are a 7-year-old child or a 70-year-old grandmother or grandfather, there are things that you can do that can increase your chances of surviving. >> reporter: should you hide in place or make a run for it? according to eric greiton, a former navy s.e.a.l. and trainer, flee if possible. if evacuation is not possible. hide. if you are hiding behind a cardboard box. you might be hidden. this doesn't provide cover. it will not stop a bullet. get behind something like this, this can stop a bullet. what if you are trapped in plain sight of the shooter, should you attack or play dead like jennifer seager did during friday's shooting? >> i just dived forward into the, into the ground in the aisle. i told everybody just play dead. lay still. >> reporter: people have survived by playing dead, but he warns it doesn't always work. >> i do not suggest playing
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dead. if you are really close to an active shooter you want to be an active survivor. if you are an active survivor with people around you, your chances of surviving are much higher. >> reporter: as a last resort, the department of homeland security recommends attacking the shooter by acting as aggressively as possible against him or her, throwing items and improvising weapons and yelling. and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, should you stay behind to help others or save yourself? there have been many heroes who risked their own lives to help other people, but he says if you are in imminent danger you should get yourself to safety and call law enforcement. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> great advice. god willing, none of us are ever in that situation. but i have always gone over in my head. i thought i would play dead. >> i am sure it is good advice. i get all that. in a moment like that you don't know what you would do until the moment strikes. it is possible to have too much of a plan ahead of time. such a chaotic, frightening situation. how do you know what you will do? >> let's not live in fear. >> life has to go on. it does.
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how do you know what you will do? >> let's not live in fear. >> life has to go on. it does.
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this morning on "world news now" -- suspect's past. this morning o"wor this morning on "world news now" -- suspect's past. a disturbing and exclusive look into james holmes' background and what may have led to friday's colorado massacre. >> all of this as holmes is set to face a judge for the first time in just a matter of hours. it's monday, july 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good monday morning, everybody, i'm paula faris. >> i'm rob nelson. we'll get to the latest clues and evidence in the colorado investigation in just a moment. and why investigators now say the massacre, believe it or not, could have been a lot worse. we have learned so much more in the last 48 hours about how the gun jammed.
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had it did, you know, the death toll could have been a lot higher than it was. so as bad as it was, it really could have been worse. >> which is almost incomprehensible to put your mind around it could have been worse it was already so horrific. >> the worst mass shooting in the country's history. first the statue of joe paterno came down, and now penn state is braced for a severe punishment that will be handed down today from the ncaa. >> watching that footage i wonder how ahead of time, penn state planned for yesterday being the day to take the statue down. with ncaa punishments coming down and a day the media was preoccupied with the story in colorado. did they take advantage of that to get it down as inconspicuously as possible, maybe it wouldn't have be, how planned was it? the timing i found interesting. >> i don't think there was any coincidence there. >> yeah. later, new proof that teens
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love the "twilight." a big awards night for the saga, racking up the surfboards in "the skinny." details on all that. we begin with a developing story out of south texas. >> at least 11 people are dead after their pickup truck ran off the road into two large trees. the truck which was equipped with an extended cab was packed with 23 people including children at the time of that crash. the accident happened last night in a rural area. federal agents were called to the scene to see if the victims had just crossed the border into texas. >> they say 22 people were piled into the ford f-250 i believe. now to the colorado shooting. the suspect, james holmes, is due in court in a few hours. we are learning much more about his background. >> last night the victims of the shooting were remembered in a community vigil, really emotional event. the president was also there to pay his respects as well.
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abc's david muir is following the investigation from right there in aurora. >> reporter: the first video yet of the alleged gunman, james holmes. >> hello, i'm james. >> reporter: abc news obtaining video of the suspected shooter recorded when he was 18 at a summer science class held at a college in san diego. seen here standing in front of his peers, talking about temporal illusions, the science of changing your past. >> i have been working with a temporal illusion. an illusion that allows you to change the past. >> reporter: in the video he appears slightly nervous but also appears to be a smart teenager with promise. we are also learning more about the shooting suspect in more recent times. in just the last month, applying on line to join a colorado gun rage. trying to become a member. the owner became concerned about the suspect after calling his house and hearing a phone message that the gun owner told the ap sounded bizarre, freakish at best.
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the aurora police chief dan oates telling me his team is investigating this. >> we will chase down everybody this guy had any contact with. we will be as thorough as we can be. >> reporter: chief oates describing the scene at the gunman's apartment, the delicate task for his team breaking through the traps. >> reporter: you had never seen anything like that? >> never seen anything like that before. >> reporter: trip wires? >> there were two -- as explained by the bomb text, there were two triggering devices. one of them you can see with a trip wire involved mixing two chemicals to start an event. and the other one was a electronic triggering device that had to be blown up by a -- by the bomb experts to be deactivated. that was the boom you heard yesterday. >> reporter: and new pictures of the colorado field where investigators detonated what was found in the apartment as they tried to determine what kind of materials he had gathered there. david muir, abc news, aurora, colorado. >> meanwhile, james holmes is being remembered at his hometown church in san diego. his pastor says holmes was a young man with goals and a plan for his life. he says holm came from your
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typical all-american family. the faithful at the church left behind notes of condolences for the victims' families. colorado investigators are still pouring over the apartment where the suspect lived. and they are starting to piece together an outline of how the shooting unfolded. abc's pierre thomas has that part of the story. >> reporter: the plan to massacre a crowd of innocent victims in a movie was unfolding flawlessly. there was fear and chaos as james holmes fired again and again with an assault rifle, had a lethal drum magazine holding 100 rounds. sources tell abc news, the smith and wesson high-powered rifle, holmes' most deadly weapon, jammed. the carnage could have been worse. more people survived, in part, sources say because holmes was probably squeezing the trigger so quickly the magazine malfunctioned. holmes was ready for war. also armed with a tactical shotgun. and abc news has learned the pistol police recovered in the theater had an extended 40-round clip. police are urgently seeking a
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motive and may have gotten a critical break in the case. authorities recovered a computer from the suspect's booby-trapped apartment, and sources tell us more evidence of his "batman" obsession. abc news has learned police discovered a variety of batman paraphernalia including a poster and mask from the comic book series. many of my sources appear stunned at the suspect's cold-blooded fury. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> gets you so angry, too, reports out of jail now he is showing absolutely no remorse through all of this. he is still maintaining his joker persona, spitting at guards. spitting on windows, absolutely no remorse whatsoever, what he has done. even now. and his court appearance, as we said, just hours away. >> his attorneys might waive the hearing. if he is transferred from jail to the courthouse, it is going to be in an underground tunnel so he won't be seen. so that video cameras can't
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capture that. yeah, it's, it's egregious to think there were clues along the way, from the owner of the gun range who actually called him back up and said, was going to invite him back out. when he called and listened to his voice mail, he said he just got a sick feeling. and told all of his employees, hey, if this guy comes in here, let me know. >> face to face, wanted to meet him face to face. staggering too, some people question how he was getting the money. 6,000 rounds of ammunition, 50 packages delivered to his home or school address in the past four months. >> a lot of money. >> this was how he was getting the money. through his school, some kind of grant. getting paid $2,200 a month for various things through the grant. that apparently how he was affording this huge, you know, stockpile of weapons and ammunition. >> obviously he didn't snap. it was premeditated. >> for months. for months. >> yes,
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for a long time. >> for months. stay with abc news throughout the day for all the latest developments from aurora. later on, we'll hear from two best friends actually who never thought they would see each other again after surviving their gunshot wounds in the theater. coming up later thin this half-hour. in our other major story this morning, the latest fallout at penn state. strict penalties for burying child sex abuse allegations against jerry sandusky. yesterday the university removed a statue of former head coach, joe paterno, tried to do so a little covertly. see the fence up there. today the ncaa will announce sanctions. espn learned penn state is expected to be banned from bowl games for more than a year and lose a number of scholarships. >> he wants everybody to understand that an extraordinary situation such as this where egregious failure to action took place, that he will step up, that he will make a decision, that lets everyone understand that the penn state situation can never happen again. >> penn state is expected to face a hefty financial penalty. there is word that players will be given an option to transfer. sobering new numbers show poverty in america rising to the
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highest level in 50 years. experts previewing census numbers due out before election day say the official poverty rate is likely to rise from 15.1% to the current 15.7%. that rate has not been seen since the mid 60s. among the reasons cited, the weak economy has simply left government safety nets in tatters. as aids experts from around the world meet in washington this week, the federal government is rolling out hiv tests that are done in neighborhood drug stores. two dozen pharmacies will take part in the tests from rural georgia to inner city chicago. patients, they will get results free of charge. the cdc will train pharmacists on how to counsel patients while taking away the stigma of getting an hiv test. we did a report not too long ago there are a lot of people in the
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united states, especially globally that are living with aids and have no idea. >> do not know it. get the test. it saves your life and potentially others. >> it is becoming convenient now. exactly. here is your monday forecast. hot and humid in the northeast. severe evening storms from boston to d.c. stormy, detroit to buffalo, northern new england. showers along the gulf coast. thunderstorms from des moines to chicago and in the southwest. and another scorcher in the plains, near 100 from colorado springs to dallas. mid 80s in the northeast. 67 in seattle. the annual festival has wrapped up in key west, florida. the highlight, ernest hemingway look-alike contest. >> look at that. 140 wannabes gathered at sloppy joe's, one of the literary giant's favorite haunts living in key west. north carolina investment banker greg fossett was the winner after competing ten times finally got it. >> he said he was has a lot in common with hemingway, love for
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fishing, drinking, not writing. >> key west must be one of the coolest party spots in the country. >> have you been? >> wild. >> amazing. we took boats from naples to key west. thought i was going to die. a whole another subject. >> from something on the water. >> long story. boat got stuck. >> boat got stuck. >> it ran aground. >> paula faris. >> had to go through about two feet of muck. got stung. it was bad. >> really? >> yes, but i will go back. >> that's great. you know it is a fun place. >> yes. coming up, the celebrity acts that really appeal to today's teens. later, the two best friends that went to the movies friday and never thought they would see each other again. this is a remarkable story of survival and hope. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by -- weather brought to you by -- y --
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president obama traveled to aurora to meet with the families of those killed in the colorado shooting. >> after more than 2 1/2 hours, the president emerged, spoke to the country, looking red-eyed and somber. also last night's memorial, colorado's governor hickenlooper offered words of comfort and healing. >> i am going to read 12 names. i would like, after i read each name, i would like you each to say together "we will remember." john blunk. >> we will remember. >> a.j. boik. >> we will remember. >> jesse childress. >> we will remember. >> gordon cowden. >> we will remember. >> jessica ghawi.
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>> we will remember. >> john larimer. >> we will remember. >> matt mcquinn. >> we will remember. >> micayla medek. >> we will remember. >> veronica moser-sullivan. >> we will remember. >> alex sullivan. >> we will remember. >> alexander teves. >> we will remember. >> and rebecca wingo. >> we will remember. >> you can feel the emotion there in that crowd. you -- i watched the whole thing. before we went on the air tonight. it really was a moving service. the governor put a nice touch. let's remember the victims, not mr. holmes. and tell their story and remember the innocent lives lost friday morning. >> i don't believe president obama ever called holmes by his name. he called him, the perpetrator, the gunman. >> he did not. >> the coward.
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whatever. he did not. >> he did not. the governor at one point during his remarks said, "i am not going to say his name." that got one of the biggest rounds of applause from the crowd. everyone is on the same page with them. >> as they later on, individual, as they said each of the victims' names, they released a balloon into the sky, which was a highly emotional moment as well. but, our thoughts and prayers, and, one powerful thing that stood out, one of the heroes said, "i forgive holmes because forgiveness takes more power than revenge and bitterness." i don't know how anyone can find it in their heart to forgive. such an apropos statement. >> let's hope the town heals. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continue after this from our abc stations. >> announcer: abc's "world news now" will continueñ!ñcús
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♪ skinny ♪ so skinny >> welcome back, everybody to "the skinny." and on top of the sad news of the weekend. sad news from "the skinny," before we lighten the mood.
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we told you a few weeks ago about the situation involving usher's stepson involved in the awful jet ski accident earlier this month. the little boy did pass away over the weekend. usher's stepson kyle glover. the accident on july 6. in the water, a family friend no less, hit him on a jet ski. he had been in a coma quite some time. and did pass away i believe on saturday as well. now the investigation will continue, because the little boy has now passed away. the d.a. looking into what charges against the family friend may come down the road. more upset hollywood news. and sage stallone, sylvester's son, he was laid to rest saturday. in l.a., 36 years old, found dead, inside of his home back on july 13th. toxicology, autopsy results are still pending in the case, just exactly why he died. early reports suggest drugs were involved in some kind of way. nothing official just yet. sad news from those, those two families.
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so we extend our thoughts and prayers to them both. sad stories both of them. >> tough transition. don't want to be irreverent. the teen choice awards were -- last night. and we clearly are out of the loop. >> we are no longer teens. no, not at all. >> in teendom. big winners last night. taylor swift, justin bieber. taylor swift, choice female artist, choice country song, choice movie voice. justin bieber won about everything. have you ever heard of one direction, the band? >> that's their song? ♪ nobody else the way that you >> we are out of touch. they won for choice summer music star group, choice love song which for "what makes you beautiful." >> they won a lot. >> you know who else wins a lot. the "twilight" saga. they have won 41 times at teen choice awards since 2008. i would look to admit i have never seen any of the "twilight" movies. have you?
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>> jordan sparks, won "american idol" season six, had to lose 50 pounds to get in shape. she did it. this is the new version of jordan sparks. looking good, baby girl. ♪ od, baby girl. on "shape magazine." looking good, baby girl. so many people before. ke it hr when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day, have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions, such as tongue or throat swelling, occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness and morning drowsiness. ask your doctor if lunesta is right for you.
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♪ finally this half-hour, in the middle of heartbreak in colorado, a story of friendship. >> two young men seeing the "batman" movie together were shot together, then prayed together. in the confusion the fear that they had lost one another for good. abc's david muir reports. >> reporter: good to meet you. how are you feeling? >> good, good. >> reporter: sitting in his hospital room, cary tells me it the moments in the movie theater with his best friend pierce when horror
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unfolded. to say the two had been there for each other was an understatement. he got married three weeks ago. pierce performed the ceremony. a few weeks later the two friends were back together in the theater. his friend pierce hit first. >> i got down, put my arm over him and around him. we were just kind of tried to huddle as close as we could. and get as low as we could under the seats. >> reporter: holding his friend, he then gets shot too. >> i'm like pierce, i got shot. i'm hit. we were just, we were down there, praying. >> reporter: the two praying and then the firing stops. the gunman reloading. >> so full of adrenaline. i thought here is our chance just to got out. let's go. so pierce, pierce, let's go. let's go. he tugged at his friend trying to get him to move. he was motionless. >> the worst part for me was thinking that my buddy passed away. he just married my wife and i three weeks ago. >> reporter: racing to the hospital he called his new wife. when did you get the call? >> right away. he called me in the cop car. so i -- right away.
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>> reporter: he told her he thought pierce didn't make it. that new wife got to work trying to find pierce, and she did. at university hospital across town, we sent our camera. there he was remembering the best friend that tried to get him off the floor. >> i was just praying. my face was flat on the ground. my buddy started shaking me. pierce, come on, man, get up. we have got to go. he thought i died. >> reporter: the phone call from hospital to hospital, he will never forget. >> the was great to hear his voice. kind of wish you were here. >> reporter: the story of two friends who prayed together and survived. >> we'll be recovering together that's for sure. david muir, abc news, aurora, colorado. >> the friend that married his other friend, said he was standing directly underneath the shooter, could feel the boot against his head. laid there as still as he could. as he was firing off rounds. >> the president said something friday that resonates. he said our time here is limited and is precious. what matters at the end of the day, not the small things, not the trivial things which so often consume us in our daily lives. ultimately it is how we choose
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to treat one another and how we love one another. i think the story paints the picture so well. we'll have more from abc after the break.
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making news in america this morning, staying strong in the face of tragedy. >> the aurora, colorado, community comes together to remember the victims of friday's movie massacre. >> that, while the suspect, james holmes, is expected in court today. police, meanwhile, continue to seek a motive behind the shooting spree. other news this morning, penn state awaiting the penalty. the school's football program paying the price in connection with the jerry sandusky case. and wild scenes in southern california. police take dramatic action against protesters angry over the shooting death of an u

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